What’s On – Friday 16th October

Message from Mrs. Castell

Dear Parents

We had a virtual harvest assembly today joined by some governors and it was so nice for all of the school to see one another and share some of the work they had done. Our harvest presentations are now available for you to view on our website, https://www.writtleinfantschool.com/2020/10/16/virtual-harvest-festival/  many thanks to the staff for working with the children and to Mrs Pluck who runs our website.

As part of our celebration assemblies held on a Friday we love to share achievements that children have done outside of school and we would be grateful if you could email us with this information.

As you may be aware Essex is now Tier 2 in terms of Coronavirus restrictions. Understandably parents are anxious what this means for schools but there will be no change, schools remain open as normal.

You will have received a ParentMail about our change in catering provider and our exciting new menu. We have designed it with the fact that meals have to be transported easily from the hall to the classroom in large quantities (in a box) and eaten in the classroom. Any feedback is always welcome.

WISPA news

A reminder that next Friday, 23rd October will be a non uniform day for a suggested donation of £2. There will be buckets for the cash by the doors used at pick up and drop off. 


Due to Government guidance, all the classrooms must keep windows open to aid ventilation. Now that the cold weather has arrived, could you please ensure your child comes to school in suitable warm clothing including a jumper or fleece.

To clarify we will begin sending reading books home after half term. There has been a separate ParentMail regarding book bags. 

A reminder that both Writtle Infant and Junior schools will hold a collection to support the homeless charity Sanctus. Donations can be left outside the school entrance from Monday, 19th to Friday, 23rd October. Please donate items from this list only:

Tinned items: fruit, baked beans, tomatoes, fish, ready meals (tinned). Ideally tins with ring pulls, not requiring a tin opener.

Store cupboard items: Pot Noodles, cereal, coffee, sugar, long life milk, small juice cartons, biscuits, cake bars, chocolate, bottles of water, salt, pepper, mustard, stock cubes.

Toiletries: disposable razors and shaving foam, deodorant, shower gel, shampoo.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Helen Castell


  • Now that the weather is turning cold and wet, please remember to send your child in with a coat every day!
  • Please email us at parents@writtleinfantschool.com if you need to contact the office. Class email addresses are listed in the year group sections below.


Well done to the following children in Years 1 and 2 who have been awarded Shooting Stars for setting a great example to others this week.

Sharks: Bella for her amazing writing and Alex for his great reading!
Dolphins: Rosie F-S for being focused and for trying her best this week. AND Isaac for his marvellous maths work!
Turtles: Florence for being an excellent role model to others in class! Coen for persevering with his reading comprehension!
Parrots: John Joseph for settling into the Year One routine so well! Henry for being such a kind and considerate friend!

Year 2 Weekly Plan

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Here’s what to look forward to next week:

English: Reading/writing Can I build another me? Shinsuke Yoshitake
Phonics: Phoneme "or" written as "aw"
Maths: Addition and Subtraction - Number bonds to 100, add and subtract tens and add by making 10
Geography: Introduction to Antarctica
PSHE: Cosmic Yoga
Art: Giacometti tin foil sculptures
Music - Composing and performing

Home Learning

Remember to continue with your Activity Passport if you haven't ticked everything off yet!

To support recall of addition and subtraction number facts to 10 and 20, try Topmarks' Number Fact Families. Also give Hit the Button and Chopper Squad a go!

Our email addresses are dolphins@writtleinfantschool.com and sharks@writtleinfantschool.com.

Year 1 Weekly Plan

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Here’s what to look forward to next week:

English: We are going to be showing the adults what sounds we know and how fantastic we are at reading.
Maths: looking at the different fact families and exploring addition.
Geography: Recapping the Capital cities of the UK and the surrounding seas.
PE: Challenging ourselves further during circuits to increase our fitness.
Forest School: Parrots every Tuesday (Turtles after half term). Please arrive in Forest Schools clothes and trainers. Wellies stay in school. A change of clothes is only necessary if it will be wet that day.

Please click this link for the week's home learning.

Our email addresses are parrots@writtleinfantschool.com and turtles@writtleinfantschool.com.


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Foxes class logo

We have had a great week this week, thank you for bringing in all those Autumn treasures. We have been sorting them and talked about their properties. We will extend this by introducing 5/10 frames next week and comparing amounts using less/fewer/more and equal to. Next week we will introduce s,a,t but still carry on with our phase 1 listening activities. The children have really enjoyed Helicopter Stories and we have been acting them out! We can't wait to share the children's Star Moments photos with them. Have a fabulous weekend